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Singin' in the Sun: A Choral Music Workshop

Program Number: 7598RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/9/2014 - 3/14/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Participation
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join singers from across the U.S. and Canada in a unique choral adventure set on historic St. Simons Island, Georgia. Learn creative choral techniques and concepts while singing a varied repertoire that features scores by celebrated choral composers from past and present. Whether classical or popular, Mozart or Mancini, jazz or Broadway, sacred or secular, the inclusions combine to create a diverse, enjoyable choral program; sometimes challenging and always fun! This popular course culminates in an evening performance.




Highlights

• Participants enjoy the enthusiastic instruction and leadership of the music director/clinician throughout the workshop.
• Join in on an annually rotating excursion to a local site with lunch at a popular island restaurant.
• On the final morning perform as a solo or group act in a lighthearted, fun, farewell event.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




St. Simons Island

Pristine waters and white sandy beaches make St. Simons Island a popular destination. Part of the Golden Isles, the landscape’s moss-draped oaks, shady lanes and creek-fed pockets of marsh create a thriving habitat for birds, turtles, armadillos and deer.



Accommodations
Lovely retreat center on 47 acres amid moss-draped live oak trees, meandering walkways and gardens on the Frederica River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mary Norris

Mary Lu Norris has been active in the arts in South Carolina for many years. She has directed and performed in community theater productions across the state, and is on the Approved Artist Roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission in musical theater. Mary Lu helped found the Georgetown County Arts Commission, and is also the founder and conductor of Coastal Chorale in Myrtle Beach. She has taught in-school residencies in musical theater, and teaches at Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Epworth by the Sea
  St. Simons Island, GA 5 nights
 Epworth by the Sea
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Epworth by the Sea is a 100 acre Christian conference and retreat campus used for many events. It is located on the banks of the Frederica River below Gascoigne Bluff on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The center was named “Epworth by the Sea” in honor of Epworth, the boyhood home of Charles and John Wesley, founders of Methodism. Assisted by influential businessman Alfred W. Jones, Sr., president of the Sea Island Company, the Methodists purchased part of the Hamilton Plantation in 1949 and named it Epworth in honor of the Wesley’s boyhood home in Epworth, England. Lovely Lane Chapel, the oldest standing church building on St. Simons hosts Sunday services and is available for weddings. Constructed in 1880, it is named after the site of the 1784 founding conference of American Methodism in Baltimore, Maryland. Epworth By The Sea is owned and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Epworth is located on part of Hamilton Plantation which was purchased on October 29, 1949.
  Contact info: 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading lamps, telephones with voicemail, cable TV, and daily maid service.
  Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicious, freshly prepared buffet meals. A swimming pool is open during the summer season.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Prices vary. Please call. Early arrivals and stay over reservations may be made by calling Epworth by the Sea, 912-638-8688. The front desk will make every effort to book a participant in the same room used during the Road Scholar program week.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Prices vary. Please call. Early arrivals and stay over reservations may be made by calling Epworth by the Sea, 912-638-8688. The front desk will make every effort to book a participant in the same room used during the Road Scholar program week.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is 4:00 pm. Road Scholar registration/pick up packet is 3:00-4:30 pm. Welcome and orientation is 4:30. Dinner is 5:45 - 7 pm. Evening rehearsal is 7 pm. You will be staying at Epworth by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out is 11:30 am. Program ends at 10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Epworth by the Sea the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. If you have a Senior Pass, Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the site and is near hotel rooms.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Simons Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  St. Simons Island, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. 17 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Simons Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, FL to St. Simons Island, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Seaside Transportation
phone: 912-638-2638
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 for 1-2 person, $10.00 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

77 miles

 

Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$120.00 for up to two people. This includes sales tax but not gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

77 miles

   

They require advanced reservations and accept all major credit cards.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-95 to Epworth by the Sea Approaching St. Simons from the South: I-95N from Jacksonville, FL take Exit 29 (says to Brunswick and Waycross), turn right at end of exit ramp, pass Jekyll Island entrance on right, go over Sidney Lanier Bridge, continue North and turn right onto St. Simons (Torras) Causeway. Get in the left lane at end of causeway as it curves to the left. Go through the stoplight, then take the 2nd left into Epworth grounds marked "Booth Gate," proceed to 4-way stop sign, turn left. Registration Building is first building on right (pillared porch with rocking chairs.) Approaching St. Simons from the North: From I-95S take Exit 38 (to Brunswick and Golden Isles), turn left at end of ramp onto Spur 25, go 4 1/2 miles through 6 traffic lights. Spur dead ends into US 17, turn right onto 17 South, go 1 1/2 miles to 3rd traffic light easing into left turn lane, turn left onto St. Simons (Torras) Causeway. Get in the left lane at end of causeway as it curves to the left. Go through the stoplight, then take the 2nd left into Epworth grounds marked "Booth Gate," proceed to 4-way stop sign, turn left. Registration Building is first building on right (pillared porch with rocking chairs.)
Elevation Note: St. Simons Island is at sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Meet Your Director and Sing!
(Sunday, March 9)
   
 Afternoon: The program begins at the Registration Lobby of Epworth by the Sea Methodist Conference Center on St. Simons Island, GA. You may arrive after 2:00 PM with rooms guaranteed ready by 4:00 PM. A packet of the week's activities and name tags will be distributed at check-in. General Orientation and Get Acquainted begins at 4:30 pm.
 Dinner: A buffet style dinner will be served in the Epworth Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.
 Evening: The first choral rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM in the classroom.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Choral Workshop/Afternoon Free Time/Late Afternoon And Evening Rehearsal
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth Dining Room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and tea.
 Morning: The morning will be spent rehearsing music with an experienced choral director. Instruction, choral techniques, and critiques will be offered.
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style in Epworth Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, soup and salad bar, and desserts.
 Afternoon: Free time from 1 - 2:30. 2:30-3:00 pm Men’s Sectionals 3:00-3:30 pm Ladies Sectionals 3:30 - 5:15 pm Sing
 Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.
 Evening: Choral rehearsal.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Choral Workshop/Optional Field Trip Includes A Nature Walk On Property/ Late Afternoon Rehearsal And Evening Rehearsal
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, cereal, milk, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and tea.
 Morning: The morning will be spent rehearsing with an experienced choral director.
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, soup and salad bar, and desserts.
 Afternoon: 1:00-2:00 pm Optional Field Trip on Epworth Grounds: Nature/History 2:00-2:30 Free Time 2:30-3:00 pm Men’s Sectionals 3:00-3:30 pm Ladies’ Sectionals
 Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.
 Evening: Entertainment: Youth Symphony Ensemble Rehearsal after the entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Choral Workshop/Jekyll Island Field Trip/Late Afternoon And Evening Choral Rehearsal
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, sweet rolls, pancakes/waffles, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and tea.
 Morning: The morning is spent in the classroom rehearsing with an experienced choral director.
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, soup and salad bar, and desserts.
 Afternoon: An afternoon field trip to Jekyll Island and the historic Millionaire Village will be included followed by a 4:30 PM rehearsal. In 1886, 53 prominent American tycoons founded the Jekyll Island Club, and members created an exclusive gilded era island retreat on Georgia’s coast for their family and friends. These empire builders shaped our nation and likewise laid the foundation for Jekyll Island’s rich future. Step into their past and experience the legends first-hand with our guided Passport to the Century tour. The 90-minute tram tours take guests through the 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, and include entry into two restored cottages.
 Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.
 Evening: Choral rehearsal.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Choral Workshop/Road Scholar Choral Concert
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.
 Morning: The morning will be spent in the classroom rehearsing with an experienced choral director in anticipation for the evening performance.
 Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, soup and salad bar, and desserts.
 Afternoon: An early afternoon final rehearsal is scheduled with ample time following it for relaxation before the evening performance.
 Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's dining room. Dinner will be served early so that singers will have time to prepare for pictures at 6:15 pm and evening performance afterwards.
 Evening: Singers will present a program at 7:00 pm of varied selections as rehearsed during the week. The audience is made up of local island residents and invitees from the local Road Scholar program at another location.
   
Accommodations: Epworth by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: We've Got Talent Finale, Farewells, Hotel Check Out
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in Epworth's Dining Room.
 Morning: The final morning will be spent enjoying "Talent Extravaganza". Participants will have the opportunity to sign up throughout the week to present a solo, a group act, a reading etc. to be presented Friday morning. This is strictly optional but everyone has a lot of fun whether participating or as part of the audience. Program ends after the morning session around 10:30 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


St. Simons Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


Description: Book 1: Lighthouse (St. Simons Trilogy) From the New York Times best-selling author Eugenia Price, Lighthouse is the saga of James Gould, a young man raised in the post-Revolution North who realizes his dream of designing and building a lighthouse on St. Simons Island in Georgia after much hardship and success. Book 2: The Beloved Invader (St. Simons Trilogy) In this masterful first novel by Eugenia Price, a wealthy young northerner, Anson Dodge, shares his heart with two very different women -- Ellen, who passionately adores him, and Anna, who comforts him in sorrow. They each surrender themselves to his dreams. Anson's story unfolds as a beautiful tale of honor when he rebuilds the war-torn Christ Church, Frederica, in memory of lost love. Book 3: New Moon Rising (St. Simons Trilogy) Horace Gould returns to St. Simons and wins the heart of lovely neighbor Deborah Abbott, who adores her Mr. Gould", despite the difference in their years. She is not concerned with his rumored past, but she is saddened by his lack of faith.



St. Simons Island: A Summary of Its History [Paperback]


Author: R. Edwin Green


Description: South of Savannah, along the picturesque and historic coastline of Georgia, lies a group of barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. This collection of coastal Sea Islands has attracted people—Native Americans, European settlers and vacationing sun-seekers—throughout history, for the islands’ bountiful resources and appealing climate. Perhaps the brightest jewel of these islands is St. Simons Island. The History Press is proud to release St. Simons Island: A Summary of its History, by local resident and historian Reverend Edwin Green. Green has compiled an informative volume, which highlights the unique and developing history of one of Georgia’s most popular Sea Islands.



St. Simons Island (GA) (Images of America)


Author: Patricia Morris


Description: From the days of early tribes that hunted and fished to the tourists who later relaxed on the beaches, St. Simons Island has been part of the changing landscape of Georgia's coast. When Gen. James E. Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect Savannah and the Carolinas from the threat of Spain, it was, for a short time, a vibrant hub of British military operations. During the latter part of the 1700s, a plantation society thrived on the island until the outbreak of the War Between the States. Never returning to an agricultural community, by 1870 St. Simons re-established itself with the development of a booming timber industry. And by the 1870s, the pleasant climate and proximity to the sea drew visitors to St. Simons as a year-round resort. Although the causeway had brought large numbers of summer people to the island, St. Simons remained a sleepy little place with only a few hundred permanent residents until 1941.



Jekyll Island Club, The (GA) (Images of America)


Author: Jekyll Island Museum


Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period. Show More Show Less



Jekyll Island: The Nearest Faraway Place


Author: unknown


Description: Jekyll Island's undisturbed beauty, combined with its pleasant year-round weather and refreshing ocean breezes, provides a breathtaking backdrop for a variety of wonderful experiences. Located midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is approximately 5,700 acres and the smallest of Georgia's barrier islands. As a tribute to the Island's allurement, the Jekyll Island Authority has published Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place, a coffee table book recognizing the inspired talent of residents and guests and their ability to capture unique perspectives of our cherished Island. During the period of March through September 2010, a competition was conducted to discover photographs of, and poems about, Jekyll Island. Scenic images and inspiring narratives portraying Jekyll's beach and marsh, sunrise and sunsets, wildlife, nature, historic landmarks, and views from above were sought for inclusion in this project. Submissions included 70 from Georgia, 17 from different states, 4 from Canada and 1 from the United Kingdom. Results of the competition were announced and the winning selections are featured in the commemorative publication. Copyright of the selected works and all rights to publish became property of Jekyll Island Authority. Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place is now currently available at the Visitor Information Center, the Commissary, the Jekyll Island Book Store, the Jekyll Island Museum Store, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Hattie's Books in Brunswick.



The Beaches are Moving


Author: Kaufman and Pilkey


Description: Our oceans are eroding, sinking, washing out right under our houses, hotels, bridges; vacation dreamlands become nightmare scenes of futile revetments, fills, groins, what have you - all thrown up in a frantic defense against he natural system. The romantic desire to live on the seashore is in doomed conflict with an age-old pattern of beach migration. Yet it need not be so. Conservationist Wallace Kaufman teams up with marine geologist Orrin H. Pilkey, Jr., in a evaluation of America's beaches from coast to coast, giving sound advice on how to judge a safe beach development from a dangerous one and how to live at the shore sensibly and safely.





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